After interim difficulties, Zetta, Russia’s first electric vehicle, is now set to go into series production at the end of the year. The compact three-door electric vehicle is to be produced at the Togliatti plant in the Samara region. A fuel cell car is to follow by 2024.
This is reported by Sputnik International with reference to a television interview with the Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov. “Zetta is the smallest electric car, which is being developed and undergoing final tests; we expect to launch its serial production by the end of this year,” Manturov told Russian broadcaster RBK TV. The vehicle is expected to reach a top speed of 120 km/h. The price for the basic version is 550,000 roubles (about 6,300 euros).
The start of production of Zetta was originally planned for 2020, but it had to be postponed due to the Corona pandemic as well as financing difficulties. In September of last year, it was heard from circles of the state development foundation that Zetta could become an air bubble without a private investor.
Russia wants electric cars to account for ten per cent of the country’s total vehicle production by 2030. According to Manturov, mass production of the hydrogen-powered Aurus, a Russian premium car brand, is also set to begin in 2024. “By 2024 we are planning to develop a mass-produced model to be introduced to the market,” he said. A first model of the hydrogen-powered Aurus Senate was presented at the end of May.
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